NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

8th April, 1913 : The American President, Woodrow Wilson, today appeared before a special join session of the two houses of Congress to appeal for cuts in the tariff. He was the first President to appear before Congress in person since President Adams in 1801. His decision was a deliberate gesture, intended to assert presidential authority. The House chamber galleries were packed to hear the nine minute speech. Attacking high levels of tariff, President Wilson said: “We must abolish everything that bears even the semblance of privilege.”

us.independence[ A nice joke, seven days late. Or, perhaps, far, far too late, for to abolish the privileges of the ruling class America would have to go back to 1776 and start all over again. I think that that semi-educated incumbent of the White House would have a good chuckle too; assuming somebody would put it on his teleprompter.

And why the Presidents from the original pro-slavery party can’t ever comprehend the division of power so nicely, and futilely, prescribed in the US Constitution? ]

About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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